Big step for BIPV and smart solar homes in Europe

12/1/16, 2:06 PM -

The EU Energy package, that was released yesterday, also sets a promising framework for Building-integrated-photovoltaic (BIPV) and smart energy building, Solar Power Europe says.

Headquarters of Vaisala with BIPV - the European Commission now wants to promote smart urban solar.

“The time of smart and active buildings has come. The initiative sets a framework for further digitalization of energy through home automation, storage, and onsite energy generation”, said David Müller, Global Head of Strategic Marketing PV at Merck and SolarPower Europe's BIPV task force leader.

BIPV key technology for active energy generation

 “As one of the key technologies for active energy generation, Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) will be essential for smart buildings and can turn buildings even energy positive. BIPV is developing very quickly and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) needs to make sure that these innovative technologies find a way to market,”, Müller added.

Smart energy transition for urban residents

Smart building management and on-site renewable generation are two sides of the same smart coin, enabling the EU to take a major step towards a smart energy transition for urban residents, as well as commercial buildings. The solar power sector will be instrumental in successfully driving this evolution, notably through highly innovative products such as building integrated solar, facilitating electricity generation in the building structure itself.

Key role for solar in smart buildings

Christophe Arnaud, SolarPower Europe expert on solar in buildings, commented 'the package today goes some way to ensuring that solar will play a key role in the development of smart buildings, and we support the inclusion of self-consumption of solar as a means to meet efficiency targets in buildings, contributing to increased savings at system level. This is a good first step to delivering consumer centric energy initiatives.'

The "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package will now pass to the European Parliament and the Member States for finalization. (HCN)

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